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Wins for Williams-Darling, Sturrup and Williams in Shanghai

17 September 2005

Bahamian World and Olympic champion Tonique Williams-Darling, compatriot Chandra Sturrup and Jamaica's Christopher Williams recorded wins at the IAAF 2005 Shanghai Golden Grand Prix meeting at the Shanghai Stadium in China on Saturday.

Williams-Darling comfortably won the women's 400-metres while, Williams and Sturrup took the men's 200m and women's 100m respectively.

Williams-Darling, the world no.2 ranked female 400m runner, clocked 50.25 seconds to win that event Saturday night, thus ending another successful season in which she not only won the world title, but also established a new personal best of 49.55 in doing so.

"I think I had more dominant years before but of course, I ran my personal best [in Helsinki] so I am not angry at all and to win the World Championship was my main goal and I have accomplished that," the Bahamian said a day before winning at Shanghai.

Following Williams-Darling to the line were Americans Dee Dee Trotter (50.90), Monique Hennagan (50.92) and Moushami Robinson (51.66).

Chandra Sturrup, who holds the best performance of 10.84 this summer, held off a strong challenge from American world champion Lauryn Williams to win the women's 100m. Using her familiar explosive start, Sturrup, another Caribbean stand-out in the sprints this season, broke the tape at 11.02, edging Williams, who took second in 11.05. American champion Melisa Barber took third in 11.22.

Christopher Williams, the 2001 world silver medallist won the men's 200m dash in convincing style. In the absence of American in-form sprinter Tyson Gay, the Jamaican ran a relaxed race to cross the finish line in a stadium record time of 20.24. Britain's Christian Malcolm was second in 20.42 ahead of countryman Marlon Devonish, third in 20.55.

World and Olympic champion Justin Gatlin won the men's 100m in a fast 10.01.

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